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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Physical Activity Patterns Among Adult Women With Desk Jobs: An Analysis of Barriers, Behaviors and Beliefs

Currently, 53% of American women fail to meet the physical activity (PA) recommendation of the CDC and ACSM. This research aimed to assess PA barriers, behaviors and beliefs of adult women. 47 female college employees with desk jobs completed an on-line PA survey designed to assess PA importance, PA enjoyment, PA levels and perceived barriers to PA. Results indicated that only 29.8% accumulated enough PA to meet the CDC PA recommendation. Furthermore, qualitative data analysis identified motivational factors as the biggest barrier to PA. Statistically significant relationships between BMI and PA importance, PA enjoyment and PA levels were also identified. In conclusion, participants were less active and more obese than the greater female population in the U.S., indicating that desk jobs may place women at a significantly higher risk for obesity and inactivity. Findings provide important insight into the usefulness of work-site PA and healthy weight interventions designed for women with sedentary jobs. Furthermore, such interventions should emphasize a behavioral component addressing motivational factors.

Presenter: Rikki Cannioto (Faculty)
Topic: Physical Education and Sport
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)

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